As an Upstate New York artist
living a mere 45 miles from Syracuse, it’s hard not to get caught up in “Big East Basketball” and our Syracuse Orangemen
. Now that my teams’ playing season is over, I began to wonder what happened to the University of Oregon Mighty Ducks
and their first season on that artistic (and controversial) “Tall Firs” basketball court.
Back in November, I wrote a blog
about the new basketball court at the Matthew Knight Arena at the University of Oregon. The court was turned into a painter’s palette as it is painted with a surrounding forest of “Tall Firs.” Many people wondered if it would be hard to spot the players amongst all of those trees. And fans wondered if the Ducks could pull out of last year’s slump and concentrate on their game without losing themselves in the intensely-graphic basketball court itself.
For the most part, Oregon fans love the new look of their arena and their “Tall Firs” basketball court. Basketball player Joevan Catron said, “It has everything an athlete needs or wants.”
Except maybe a center court line--there isn’t one! Perhaps that’s why this season wasn’t much better than last season. There is some discussion now on whether we will see a center line next season or not. Drawing the line might just be what the Mighty Ducks need.